Scleral Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can help you eliminate glasses and provide sharper vision, however, those with an irregular cornea are often unable to wear them. If you have had any difficulty with contacts before you want to try scleral lenses, visit Kilgo Eye Care in Asheville, NC to be fitted. You can also learn more about these lenses below: 

Scleral Contacts

What are Scleral Contacts?

Traditional contacts are classified as hard or soft. Hard lenses are made from a gas-permeable material that allows oxygen to easily reach the eyeball. They are able to maintain their shape, but because they sit directly on the cornea, some people find them uncomfortable to wear.

Like hard contacts, scleral lenses are also gas-permeable. However, since they sit on the scleral, or the white part of the eyes, they cause less friction. Along with that, they fit comfortably as soft contact lenses do. Unlike regular contacts, scleral lenses have a fluid reservoir that helps keep your eyes moist and alleviates dry eyes.

What Conditions Can Scleral Contacts Treat?

Since scleral contacts bypass the cornea, anyone with corneal defects can often wear these lenses. This includes people with keratoconus, a condition that causes the cornea to become thin and bulge out. However, these are also a good choice for those who may have the following:

  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Graft-vs-host disease
  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Corneal transplants

Items to Consider Before Getting Scleral Lenses

Since they are more advanced than other types of contacts, scleral lenses are also more expensive. Not only that, they also tend to last longer, which means your initial investment will go further. Their larger size allows them to collect more dirt and debris than hard or soft lenses. Due to this, you may need to remove and clean them more often. 

As with any type of contacts, there is an adjustment period. However, But after getting used to them, you may find that these are best suited for your condition and enjoy clearer vision. There’s a specific technique involved with inserting scleral lenses. You should become familiar with this method and practice it a few times before leaving the clinic. And because it’s important to make sure they fit just right and are improving your sight, you may need one or two follow-up visits to check your progress. 

Contact us for Treatment Today

If you are considering scleral lenses, visit Kilgore Eye Care in Asheville, NC, today to be fitted. We also offer a wide range of eye care services and look forward to providing solutions that will help you see clearly. Contact us at (828) 676-3260 to schedule an appointment!

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